About this information

NICE clinical guidelines advise the NHS on caring for people with specific conditions or diseases and the treatments they should receive. The information applies to people using the NHS in England and Wales.

This information explains the advice about the surgical management of children with otitis media with effusion (OME) that is set out in NICE clinical guideline 60.

OME is more commonly known as 'glue ear'.

Does this information apply to me?

Yes, if you are the parent or carer of a child younger than 12 years who has OME, including children with Down's syndrome and children with any type of cleft palate.

No, if you are the parent or carer of child with:

  • other syndromes (for example, craniofacial dysmorphism or polysaccharide storage disease)

  • multiple complex needs.